Daniel Maze is a young composer from Canada, Vancouver. As he told me about himself, "I’ve been into music all my life". I bet he was! After releasing two brilliant mini-albums on Italian net-label Sine3pm, he delivered a blow again with his Treehugger EP, released on 12rec. And now he presents his fourth release this year (this guy is a real hot rodder, don't you think?), exclusively for top-40.org. Elementary EP is "a must-hear" work for everyone, submerged in lo-fi aesthetics. As a source for these beautiful songs, Daniel used a very short field recordings of an elementary school band, made with cell-phone. This humming, enigmatic, touching, atmospheric ambient songs are so energetic and so primitive at the same time! This Elementary single is a bright example, of how a very simple concept and idea, provided with a very simple medium of expression, could be a basis for such a powerful, sincere and emotional work.
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Reviewer:Thierry Massard -
March 23, 2006 Subject:
far from the brilliant "Treehugger ep"
with the nonless splendid track 'manhattan'
these 4 ambient pieces are just acceptable.
March 21, 2006 Subject:
Pardon the pun, but the work of this sound artist is nothing short of amazing. His release ÃÂWounded AnimalsÃÂ[Sinewaves] captured me with itÃÂs abstract collage of eclectic sounds - glitch, organic ambient, isolationist ambient, and moments of noise. "TreehuggerÃÂ [12rec.] entertained me with its relaxed episodes of ambience and minimal-tech sounds, and ÃÂThe Art of Sleeping InÃÂ [Sinewaves] warmed my heart with its two lengthy episodes of gentle ambience. Now his ÃÂElementary EPÃÂ amazes me with four primal, but enchanting, explorations into the domain of sculpturing sounds from field recordings. ÃÂSleigh BellÃÂ and ÃÂGrade 6 Students (last note)ÃÂ both exude a noisy, chaotic, but comforting, atmosphere . ÃÂOne More Before the Grade 7s (flutes only)ÃÂ and ÃÂGathering Acoustic DataÃÂ both have as a warm, encompassing almost orchestral feel. The emotional impact of listening to these brief episodes of processed ambience can be likened to the feeling one might have when in the midst of a friendly crowd such as an audience enjoying some common interest.